By Ellen Bordman
My daughter has been making her own lunches since third grade. Now that she’s going into 5th grade, all I have to do is make sure she has the supplies she needs. One look in our lunch box supply/random stuff drawer showed me I had some work to do.
We’ve been using a lot of reusable lunch box supplies for years now. Some of our reusable lunch bags were worn out, so I dropped them in the textile recycling bin at our local school. A couple more were underutilized due to the pattern on the outside (eyeroll), and I gave them away via our local Buy Nothing Facebook group. A few supplements to our collection were now needed.
I had been seeing Mighty Nest advertisements popping up in my Facebook feed for awhile, but it wasn’t until blogger The Frugal Girl was offering a deal on Lunchskins for new Mighty Fix subscribers that I signed up. As their About Us webpage says, “MightyNest is a unique Web site that provides you the ability to research, get advice and buy natural, organic and non-toxic products all in one place. All of the products we sell are free from known toxic ingredients such as: BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead, Melamine, Formaldehyde, Flame retardants, Parabens and more.”
Mighty Fix is their monthly subscription service; for $10 each month, Mighty Nest will send me “one simple solution every home needs.” I’m getting two Lunchskins, one snack sized and one sandwich sized, for $3. Reusable bags like these are a great way to reduce waste from your child’s school lunches. Lunchskins are greaseproof, quick-drying and close with velcro. I first got some when my daughter was in preschool and they have lasted all these years.
Sometimes my daughter isn’t the mood for a sandwich and prefers more of a sampler plate. We have a few small containers, but I thought an easier solution would be some sort of box with compartments that would fit inside her insulated lunchbox. Because I signed up for Mighty Fix, I can add on items to my monthly order and get free shipping. I found a U-Konserve stainless steel container that I think will work nicely.
Another product we tried last year, and really liked, are Wrap Eats. Here’s a video about the pack we purchased. My daughter uses one to make her sandwich on, wraps it up, then uses it as a placemat at lunchtime. They wash up easily in the sink with soap and water.
We like the Klean Kanteen water bottle we bought last summer. It’s easy to wash, doesn’t leak, and it’s stainless steel. My daughter will use it again this year.
I think we are ready! What do you use to make your children’s lunches more earth-friendly? Please share your ideas with us, and share this post with your friends.